Singles of 2011: 20 – 11.

20. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me



Built around a very ‘Oooh err, Carry On Camping’ style innuendo, played out over a generic 90s dance beat with a ludicrous wobbly dubstep breakdown in the middle eight, this shouldn’t work on any level. But it does, and it’s brilliant. So there.


19. Studio Killers – Ode To The Bouncer



“It’s my Birthday tonight, I’m not wearing trainers not to mention knickers.” Pouts an androgynous voice over stop start euro-pop synths telling the all too familiar story of trying to get into a club when you’re fucked. This high-camp, hi-nrg Danish hit should’ve been massive over here. It wasn’t.


18. Selena Gomez – Love You Like A Love Song



Disney stars aren’t known for their emotional depth when it comes to pop music. Playing to her strengths she sings the insanely catchy chorus (in a brilliantly flat and robotic monotone) a concise observation of love and pop and how all of the “beautiful words been already sung” and we’re just “hitting repea-pea-pea-pea-peat”. She’s saying that artists are simply regurgitating the same sentiments over and over again in an increasingly repetitive and insincere manner. Or, y’know, she’s not.


17. Hyuna – Bubble Pop



Utterly mental nonsense, effortlessly charming.


16. Rizzle Kicks – Down With The Trumpets



A charming debut from the charming rap duo’s charming debut album. With the energy of a children’s TV presenter double dropping on Christmas morning this refreshing summer tune has only just started getting annoying now. Well done Rizzle Kicks.


15. Ms. Dynamite – Neva Soft



SHE’S BACK. Dyno’s debut album is one of my favourite albums of all time and with the help of a timely Katy B guest appearance and Labyrinth teaming 60’s Mowtown brass with drum ‘n’ base rumblings this brilliant comeback single was long overdue.


14. Friends – I’m His Girl



Swagger: to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air. This is what the most hideously overused word in popular culture used to mean, before Cher Lloyd got her mits over it, and it’s the perfect word to describe this debut from Friends. Achingly confident, cool and catchy.


13. Lady Gaga – Marry The Night



She released Born This Way (patronising copy-cat Madonna), Judas (Romania’s Eurovision entry), The Edge Of Boring and You & I (A Shania Twain B Side from 1998). She’s not made the best decisions this year lacking self awareness and mistaking creativity and self expression with self obsessed pretentious wank. Born This Way was an alarmingly free and ambitious album. This single, and a few other parts of the album, is an example of her ambition paying off.


12. Martin Solvieg ft. Dragonette – Hello



Video of the year. IN YOUR FACE GAGA.


11. Tove Styrke – Call My Name



Dear Little Mix, this is exactly what your proper debut single should sound like. Much love, Tony.

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